Google's Android Pay adds banks, makes spending money easy

by Edgar Hayes April 15, 2017, 5:39

Google has partnered with Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank, and USAA to add an Android Pay section inside their apps.

Customer of one of these banks can easily add cards to Android Pay from their mobile banking app with a click of a button. The tap-to-pay experience should remain familiar, right down to getting notifications whenever you make a purchase, Engadget said. Hopefully, they will be adding even more mobile banking apps and even banks and institutions so more people will be able to use Android Pay. More banks will surely join the fray in the future, but this nonetheless marks a major milestone as it is the first time that Android Pay is available within other mobile banking apps.

Mobile payments, which have been discussed for years, have been slow to take off. You can select your default payment card or even deactivate a card if need be. Users are not the only ones to benefit from this move, however.

That means mom or dad can be an iPhone user, but still manage their child's screen time, daily usage limits, set "bedtimes" and more, for their kids who use Android.

The really cool news here is that Google is making a lot of progress with Android Pay. If this catches on then we could see this adopted by a large number of banks and this would be great for the longevity of Android Pay going forward. Of course, for those unsupported banks, the traditional method still applies. Users can link the app to credit or debit cards from multiple major banks in the US and nine other countries.

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